Meet the Leading Change Steering Committee

Our vision for a more sustainable future within a generation is led and informed by young people with a passion for sustainability. Our Steering Committee is a group of driven young leaders who define and enable our events, projects, and impact.

Nauman Saeed Anwar
Alumni Engagement

Nauman Saeed Anwar is currently working as a program strategy advisor with the Alberta oil and gas regulator’s (AER’s) liability management team. As a program manager at AER, he recently delivered the methane reduction regulatory / technical solution that will contribute 8-10% of Canada’s Paris reduction commitments. He has also worked with the likes of SNC Lavalin and Deloitte.

Passionate about alumni engagement, he serves on the Board of the Alumni Association at the University of Calgary and on the Board of Haskayne MBA Alumni. His interests and passion have taken him to the last two World Economic Forums in Davos. 

Outside of volunteering and work, he is an avid squash player, snowboarder, recreational drone pilot and a vintage stamp collector.

Brianna Brown

Brianna Brown

A three-times alumna of Leading Change and fierce advocate of youth-led sustainability solutions, Brianna Brown is delighted to amplify the voices of Canada’s young leaders in her role as Director of Programs on the LC Steering Committee.

Brianna is the co-founder and managing director at Decade Impact, an impact strategy consulting firm for brands determined to leave the world a better place. A skilled facilitator, advisor, and analyst, Brianna works with for-profit organizations to define holistic impact business strategies that unlock social and environmental impact while driving business success. Working with a wide range of industries and business sizes, she is fluent in sustainable business trends at both the start-up and corporate levels. A skilled navigator between the visionary and the pragmatic, she is in her element when creating tailored roadmaps to a bolder, brighter future.

Brianna holds a Master of Management from UBC Sauder and a BA in Economics and Political Science (Honours) from McGill University. Outside of work, Brianna volunteers with both Leading Change and Brands for Better Foundation, and is an Activator with SheEO.

Loïc Eloy

Sustainability has been at the heart of many of Loïc Eloy’s projects and involvements. Loïc recently joined EY’s Climate Change & Sustainability Services team as a consultant, where he works with clients to improve their sustainability performance in the face of rising risks and opportunities that a sustainable transition entails. Prior to that, Loïc was an advisor at Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG), where he assisted executives in their decision-making through fact-based analyses. He was also involved in DGIG’s Sustainability Committee, in which he gained a better understanding of the implications of climate change on the insurance industry.

Loïc lived in China for 14 years before moving to Montreal in 2015 to pursue his studies at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. There he completed concentrations in Finance, Business Analytics and Sustainability. During his time at university, he presided over the Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN), a student organization that promotes sustainability within the faculty and across Montreal, in part by connecting students to professionals working to improve sustainability in various fields. Additionally, he was a jury member representing McGill at Finance & Sustainability Initiative’s Competition for Best Sustainability Report, in which he assessed the sustainability reports of select companies from the perspective of investors. 

Shelby Empey

Shelby Empey
Participants and Delegates

Shelby Empey is Métis from the Orillia area. She is a first-year law student at the University of Ottawa where she plans on pursuing a career as an environmental lawyer. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours from Queen’s University with a major in environmental science. Her undergraduate research focused on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations and water quality.

 She has worked for Ontario Parks for the past seven summers in various roles. When she is not doing school, Shelby enjoys playing hockey, baseball and blogging. Shelby is the founder of @lawstudentcanada, a blog dedicated to increasing the transparency of the law school admission process and to create equity amongst under-represented groups in the legal profession.  She is an advocate for sustainability, Indigenous rights, and inclusivity. She is a Leading Change Alumni and is excited to transition to her new role as a Director of Participants for Leading Change.

Sarah Hanson
Indigenous Relations

Sarah Hanson is Anishinaabe from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, currently living, working and studying in Ottawa. Having finished a Biology degree from Queen’s University, where she gained valuable skills in science, advocacy and leadership, Sarah is continuing her education at Carleton University in Indigenous Studies. 

Prior to finishing her degree at Queen’s University, Sarah participated in an international internship for Indigenous youth where she lived and worked in Guyana, setting up robotics programs in 5 underperforming schools for youth in the capital. After returning to Canada, Sarah finished her Biology degree and began working at Crown Indigenous-Relations and Northern Affairs Canada as a Junior Environmental Policy Analyst. Through her work with the Indigenous Community-Based Monitoring Program, Sarah has been able to combine her Indigenous ancestry to western science. 

In the future, Sarah would like to continue sharing her inherent connection to the land with more youth worldwide while also helping to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge and western science. 

Alicia M. Richins

Alicia M. Richins
Director of Programs

Alicia M. Richins is a sustainability and social impact consultant and a fierce advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She defines her personal mission as the advancement of sustainable development in order to secure resilient futures for all.

With extensive experience in international development, nonprofits and community organizations, she works with forward-thinking organizations to assess, amplify and embed their desired social and environmental impact, using the UN SDGs as a guiding framework. As Partnerships and Standards Manager at the Common Approach to Impact Measurement, Alicia leads the development and adoption of the Common Approach by social purpose organizations across the country.

A proud dual citizen of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, Alicia holds a Master in Environmental Studies (Planning Concentration) and a BA in Economics and Social Science (Honours), both from York University. Alicia is excited to join the Leading Change Steering Committee as Director of Programs and put her skills in event management and facilitation to use in the convening and activation of youth climate leaders.

Anna-Kay Russell
Strategy and Governance

Anna-Kay Russell is a policy and governance professional and community leader with a mission to engage diverse communities, including governments, businesses, local activists and innovators, in the transition to a low-carbon and socially just world.

Anna-Kay holds a Master of Public Policy from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a bilingual iBA in Environmental & Health Studies from Glendon College, York University. Offering a breadth of experience in the public, research and non-profit sectors, Anna-Kay currently works as the Manager of Public Affairs at WoodGreen Community Services, supporting the organization’s strategic development and oversight of new and existing stakeholder relations. As the co-founder of the Canadian Black Policy Network and a strong advocate for sustainability, equity and inclusion, Anna-Kay is eager to continue contributing her diverse skills to the Steering Committee as the Director of Strategy and Governance in supporting the growth and future direction of Leading Change.

Austin Zacharko

Austin Zacharko
Participants and Delegates

Austin is a Métis man who grew up and is currently living in Edmonton, Alberta. He has completed a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta as well as an M.Eng in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Carleton University. Austin is also a registered E.I.T with APEGA and has recently joined the Delphi Group as a research analyst. In this role, Austin completes research on various sustainability topics, engages with subject matter experts, and works on the quantification of greenhouse gases. Austin specializes at effectively communicating complex topics in plain language to diverse groups of people.

Sustainability has been a passion of his since high school. Austin has helped design and build a zero-emission (hydrogen fuel cell electric) vehicle; participated in research at the University of Sydney on climate patterns; and worked with an NGO in Accra, Ghana which aimed at addressing systemic social issues across the country. In his free time, Austin enjoys spending time outdoors rock climbing, back-country hiking, canoeing, and snowboarding.

Aniqah Zowmi
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Aniqah Zowmi has a passion for mainstreaming diversity and inclusion at all levels of government and civic organization. She is currently a Regional Focal Point for the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY), Member of the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), and is serving a term as the Unspoken Smiles Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications Youth Representatives Steering Committee.

Aniqah was a Lead Author for the UNESCO publication “A Youth-Led Guide on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education”. Aniqah recently completed a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University, researching the intersection between social enterprise and feminist and anti-colonialist theory.

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